Well, I wasn't as concerned about the insurance as I was about the responsibility of letting a barn fall down on my watch. So, after studying it for months, thinking about it for months, and getting a load of lumber into the haymow -- jackpine we had sawed 25 years ago and used on our house at Pine Island (left over 2x8, 2x6 and 2x4 rough sawn) got started this morning.
Cleared off the remains of the roof on the silo room below and put a treated 3/4 sheet of plywood across as a platform to stand on and cut out a door opening in the haymow to get to it as well as cleared out the south end of the barn haymow -- lots of old loose and broken bales so decent access to the barn.
The sills have to be replaced above the 1-foot deep cinder blocks. The vertical studs have to be partially replaced and new ones nailed side of the old ones that are rotten. They were above the silo door and silo chute and the moisture from 100 years of cows breathing out -- all going up the wall was not very good on the lumber!
|Doesn't look too good!|
|Cut a door opening along the end to get to the flat platform on top of the old silo room. A place to stand.|
|Looking up - the ends of the haymow floor boards are rotted off too. This is the sill and joist above the door into the silo room--both need replacing.|
|Looking into the barn from the silo room. The pipes are the vacuum line and the round item is the vacuum gauge. We ran at 15 lbs vacuum as I remember.|
|Log joists strengthened by a barn swallow nest|
|Stored away in the junk in the barn is the Honda 55 scrambler that was so fond of melting a hole in the piston if run for very far. Had to carry chewing gum to patch it on the road.|
|Silo from the inside. Dad and uncle Ralph laid the first layer above the pit shortly after he bought the farm in 1941. The second addition was a few years later.|
|In the pit, the acid silages and gradually eaten away the cement. Last filled in about 1986, nature is taking over the pit earthen floor.|